BY Mike Hawk
Pelvis Safety Officer
CHARLOTTESVILLE—The summer in Charlottesville quickly turned tense as Nazi’s, the KKK, and white nationalists stormed the town in demonstration against the removal of a confederate statue of Robert E. Lee. The skin cancer-prone group of people took to the streets with lit up Tiki torches to resemble old school angry mobs. “Tiki Brand is not associated in any way with the events that took place in Charlottesville and are deeply saddened and disappointed,” the company said in a statement. “We do not support their message or the use of our products in this way.”
It is because of all this negative attention that white people everywhere feel to cleanse their backyards of their Tiki torches as to not give other people the wrong idea. We asked Billy Bob, a local as to why he was getting rid of his torches.
“I don’t wanna be lumped in with all them racists and KKK and them white national-whatchamacallits. If people see me with Tiki torches, the blacks would get the wrong idea of me.”
Billy was very confident in his decision and we watched him throw away all 10 of his torches as he proudly hung the confederate flag in his backyard.
On the other side of the spectrum there are people who seem to not be giving into the hysteria. They believe that Tiki torches are very versatile pieces of equipment and are hesitant to get rid of them no matter what kind of negative image it might give them. We asked Sara Coleman why she is holding onto her Tiki torch even after the recent events that have unfolded.
“My Tiki torch is special to me. It represents who I am as an american you know? If I want to carry around an outdated object that can be easily misconstrued as a symbol of hate it’s my god given right.”
It’s very apparent that there are people on both sides of this issue that feel very strongly about their side.